I've always had sensitive skin and a bit of eczema. I had some itchy red patches on my upper arms, which decreased when I stopped using fabric softener and switched to an eco brand of laundry soap. It's still there though, just not too active.
At some point I developed eczema in my armpits. My doctor advized that I stop using deodorant. I didn't manage to do that but finally found one that worked for me and, in spite of the alcohol and essential oils in the deo, the eczema is completely gone in that area.
I've had quite a bit of eczema on my fingers for about seven years and it really annoys me. It may have started at the time when I painted my nails, I'm no longer sure (I soon stopped doing that) My doctor prescribed argan oil and a greasy cream. It's still going strong although it's less painful now that I've switched to more natural cleaning products and use less soap than before.
I also tend to have eczema under my eyebrows, and the eyebrows themselves can develop a bit of dandruff (I really don't like the picture of me that this post encourages readers to develop - it's nothing too obvious, ok?). I've given up eyeliner, seldom wear makeup now, and use the same cream as for the finger eczema.
And there's an issue with my scalp now, it's very itchy and flaky in places. Shampoo burns my scalp, makes it dry and flaky, and it soon goes very greasy (Lush shampoo bars, not regular shampoo). I'm trying to give up shampoo entirely but, five weeks in, I'm having a flare-up and it's hard to decide what to do. I've looked for alternative shampoo brands but cannot find anything without any Sodium Lauryl (or coco) Sulfate, alcohol, or perfume. I've stuck to no shampoo so far, have tried this recipe instead - http://crabappleherbs.com/blog/2008/02/ ... hair-care/
- and ordered emu oil to apply to sensitive areas.
Alright, now you know way too much about my relationship with eczema, but perhaps some of you have ideas or recommendations?